Munemasa Katagiri (片桐 宗政, Katagiri Munemasa) was a former Japanese soccer player and is an employee, primarily a talent scout of the Japan Football Association (JFA).


Katagiri pulls the strings in the background and supports the many talents of the Golden Generation, including Tsubasa Ozora, Misaki, Hyuga, Aoi, and many others, on their way to the top of the world. In the film series and the U-13 International Tournament arc, Katagiri has also being assistant coach and in charge of helping U-13 Japan, U-14 Japan and All Japan Jr. in their matches against European teams and in the Jr. World Cup in Film 4.


Before Captain Tsubasa series Edit

Minato Gamo, Tatsuo Mikami and himself were once teammates in the Japanese national soccer team. He was the striker of the team. However, they still cannot help Japan get past the Asian wall.

During a match, Katagiri had an injury, and lost his right eye. Because of that, he had to stop his career as a player.

As Football scoutEdit

Since he is a former striker, Katagiri quickly recognizes the potential and talent of player. He plays a big side role in the series, helping Tsubasa and others to succeed in their dreams. Along with Kaori Matsumoto, he is one of the most admired talent scouts in Japan.

He has followed Tsubasa at the beginning of his career until he went to Brazil. He even help to make Roberto Hongo react to become Tsubasa's mentor once again during the final match of the International Jr. Youth Cup.

As JFA representativeEdit

He continues to support the Golden Generation, he agreed in Battle of World Youth to have a shadow team called Real Japan 7 to make the All Japan Youth stronger and be prepared for the 2nd Asian preliminaries.

He arranged to have the U-20 International World Youth Cup in Japan in little time with the assistance of his father, Mr. Katagiri, who is an importance corporate businessman in Japan.

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